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Theres An Alligator Under My Bed [Paperback]

Mercer Mayer
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Mercer Mayer's young hero from "There's A Nightmare In My Cupboard" is back again with another night-time adventure story. The small boy with a vivid imagination cannot convince his parents that there is an alligator under his bed. He decides to lure it out to the garage with a trail of peanut butter sandwiches. His successful capture of the reptile ensures that both he and the reader have a good night's sleep. The author's has illustrated "The Pied Piper of Hamelin", "The Ugly Duckling", Favourite Tales From Grimm" and "Beauty and the Beast".
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PreSchool-Grade 2 In one or two lines of text per page and large, boldly colored illustrations, Mercer tells the tale of a little boy who is sure that there is an alligator under his bed. Getting no sympathy from his parents who ``never saw it,'' he forms a plan of attack. He leaves a trail of food from his bed through the house to the garage door. He then follows behind as the alligator gobbles up the goodies, fresh vegetables, fruit, and even ``the last piece of pie,'' making its way to the garage. The boy then locks the door. The last page shows the note he leaves for his father, telling him that there's an alligator in the garage and to wake him up ``if you need help.'' Children will relate to this young hero's triumph over normal childhood fears, and they'll love his clever solution to his problem. The book gleams with crisp full-color watercolor illustrations, and the alligator has just the right touch of scariness. The little boy is obviously a child of the 1980s, with his hot wheels tricycle and robot transformer type toys, but the story is timeless. Sure to become as popular as Mayer's There's a Nightmare in My Closet (Dial, 1968) and bound to be a storyhour staple.Patricia Homer, Lowville Acad . , N.Y.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Mercer Mayer is the award-winning author and illustrator of over 300 books for children. He lives in Roxbury, Connecticut.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Theres an Alligator under my Bed Oct. 29 2002
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This book is about a boy who has an alligator under his bed and he is the only one who sees it. His parents don't believe him so he has to get it out for himself. So he goes down to the kitchen and gets some Alligator bait and makes a trail from his bed to the Garage and waits for the alligator to come out. He follows him down the stairs and to the garage. When the alligator gets to the garage he hurries up and shuts the door and goes back to bed. But then he realizes what if his dad can't get the car out of the garage because the alligator is in the way. So he leaves his dad a little note telling him that there is an alligator in the garage and if he needs help getting it out to call him.
I like this book because it is cute and funny. I used to love to read this book when I was a little kid in elementary school. I think a lot of kids did well at my school. I also liked this book because it is short and easy for little kids to read. I recommend this for little kids in elementary school.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alligator Problems Oct. 30 2002
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Alligator problems dont happen often, but when it did it just happen to be under a little kid's bed, he had no name in the story. I think this is a cute story about responsibility.
Instead of depending on his parent the little kid takes care of it on his own by thinking of a plan. The plan was wise enough, I thought it was humerous how it was some what possible. The little kid maid a trail to the garage and closed the door. What was really cute was the note he left, being concerned about his dad, saying: " Dear Dad There is an alligator in the garage if you need help wake me up."
Personally I thought the whole concept of the plan was lesson learning for a kid, ages maybe 4-8, about problem soving. In and all that was a interesting book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alligators Rule!! July 12 2001
I've been reading this to children ever since I started teaching preschool back when it came out in 1987. Boy how time flys and I'm still reading this book to each new group of children year after year. This is a story that children say "read it again, read it again!" Even though the writing is simple and great for toddlers to preschoolers, it also keeps the attention of the older children. Mercer Mayer has many other books out and are all worth getting. His style in writing is timeless and the illustrations are enjoyed by young and old. Try using an alligator puppet to extend the story, be silly and have fun with it. Great for language development and keeping us all young at heart. Have fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent story about overcoming fear Aug. 29 1999
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In this Mercer Mayer classic, children are enthralled to find a little boy who insists that there is an alligator living under his bed. My kindergarten students love the child's antics as he tries to catch the alligator. When I teach facts about alligators, I use this book to help the children understand the difference between facts and fantasy. Also, by listing the foods that the child uses for alligator bait in the story, children can make a nice salad. This book gets imagination running and enthusiasm in high gear!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and empowering! Nov. 24 2001
I read to children weekly (...) and this book is always a hit. It will capture the full attention of children of all ages and spark their imagination as well. It is fun to read and so clearly makes a hero of the little boy that it always invokes a cheer from the crowd! This book is a must for your child's library, but remember to remind them that there won't be any alligator's under their bed (they will ask)!
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